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Philippines Fully Opens to Foreign Visitors After Nearly 2 Years – The Diplomat

ASEAN Beat | Economy | Southeast Asia

The move, which follows a sudden easing of COVID-19 infections, will deliver a much-needed jolt to the nation’s tourism industry.

A beach in El Nido, on the Philippine island of Palawan.

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The Philippines yesterday announced its full opening to vaccinated foreign travelers, after a nearly two-year ban imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Associated Press, vaccinated foreign travelers from the 157 countries that have visa-free arrangements with the Philippines will now be able to visit the country without having to undergo a quarantine. The visitors will also be required to have tested negative for the virus prior to departure.

In announcing the move, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat said that it marked the beginning of “the next chapter in the road to…

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